Potato Tuna Cakes

5 from 67 votes

Hearty and delicious, these savory potato tuna cakes are easy to put together with pantry staples. Enjoy as an appetizer or on top of a salad

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Try these tuna potato cakes the next time you’re craving something savory, protein-rich, and satisfying. This recipe is made with a few basic pantry staples, so it’s easy to whip up quickly in one bowl and can then either be shallow fried or oven-baked.

Tuna potato cakes served with tzatziki and lemon wedges

Ingredients & substitutions

  • Tuna: The star of the recipe is the canned tuna. Use wild albacore tuna for best taste and consistency. If you’d like, you can use tuna packed in olive oil for an extra richness in flavor.
  • Potato: The potato helps the tuna bind together and creates substance for the tuna cakes. Any potato works and you can even use leftover mashed potatoes. You’ll need 1 packed cup in that case.
  • Shallots: These add flavor to the tuna cakes and it’s really easy to mince shallots. Feel free to use red onions or green onions instead.
  • Panko breadcrumbs: For the crispy texture that’s common in tuna cakes, panko breadcrumbs work best. You can use regular breadcrumbs if that’s all you have.
  • Seasoning: Some salt, pepper and fresh dill work well in this recipe. Free free to add other seasonings like garlic powder or oregano and different herbs like chives or cilantro.
Ingredients to make the recipe

How to make tuna potato cakes

  1. Start by boiling some potatoes. You can peel off the skin or leave them on for more texture and fiber.
  2. Mash the boiled potatoes in a large bowl.
  3. Add the tuna, breadcrumbs, seasoning, shallots and dill on top.
  4. Use a fork to combine well until the mixture comes together.
  5. Shallow fry the tuna cakes on a heated pan with some olive oil.
  6. You’ll know they’re done when the mixture holds well together and the panko breadcrumbs are golden and crispy.
6 image collage to show how to make the tuna cakes

Tips for making tuna cakes

  1. Substitute the breadcrumbs to make these cakes gluten-free. Ground oats or almond flour would be delicious and still bind well with the ingredients.
  2. Drain your tuna. This is especially important if using tuna packed in water. It will
    help everything bind together while keeping the flaky texture of the tuna intact.
  3. Taste the tuna mixture before adding salt. Since there’s no egg in this mixture,
    it’s completely safe to taste before cooking. Every can of tuna is seasoned
    differently, so taste a bit before adding salt to your liking.
  4. Use whatever herbs you have on hand. The combination of dill and potato is a
    classic, but feel free to use parsley, oregano, or even rosemary. Dried herbs are
    okay, too!

Frequently asked questions

Can you use tuna packed in water instead of oil?

Absolutely! Use whatever tuna you have on hand. Just add a small drizzle of
oil to the mixture if it isn’t binding easily.

How do you serve them?

These potato tuna cakes can be served as an appetizer with a Tzatziki sauce or on top of one of these salads:
Kale Caesar Salad
Green Bean Salad
Crispy Feta Crouton Salad

Can you freeze them?

Yes, you can freeze th tuna cakes either before or after cooking. Separate the cakes with parchment and place in a freezer safe container. They will keep for up to 3 months.

If you are freezing uncooked patties, thaw them in the fridge overnight before cooking as per the recipe. If freezing cooked cakes you can cook them right from frozen in the oven at 400F for around 10 minutes.

Fork with bite of tuna potato cakes and tzatziki sauce

Perfectly crisp and delicious, these tuna cakes are a fun way to switch up your dinners using basic pantry staples. Enjoy them for lunch, dinner or as an appetizer.

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Potato Tuna Cakes

Hearty and delicious, these savory potato tuna cakes are easy to put together with pantry staples. Enjoy as an appetizer or on top of a salad
5 from 67 votes
Servings 4 servings
Course Appetizer
Calories 191
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins


  • ½ pound Yukon gold potatoes peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 4 ounce canned tuna
  • ¾ cup panko breadcrumbs divided
  • 1 small shallot finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped dill plus more for garnish
  • ½ teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Olive oil for frying
  • Lemon wedges for serving
  • Tzatziki sauce for dipping


  • In a medium pot, cover potatoes with 3 inches of heavily salted, cold water. Bring to a boil and cook until knife tender, 10-12 minutes. Drain.
  • Add potatoes to a large bowl. Mash with a fork or masher. Add tuna, ¼ cup of the breadcrumbs, shallot, dill and black pepper, and mix until combined. Scoop ¼ cup of tuna mixture and shape into ¾-inch thick discs.
  • Toss the tuna cakes in the remaining breadcrumbs.
  • Line a baking sheet with paper towels. Heat 1/4-inch oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add tuna cakes and cook until golden brown, 4-5 minutes per side. Transfer to prepared baking sheet. Top with dill and serve with lemon wedges immediately.


Storage: These are best served immediately, but you can store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Freezing Instructions: You can also freeze the individual tuna cakes before or after cooking. Thaw overnight in the fridge before cooking or reheat from frozen if already cooked in the oven at 400°F for 7-10 minutes. They will not be as crisp this way.
Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However here are some common substitutes that would work well in this recipe.
  • Instead of canned tuna, you can make these with canned salmon.
  • Instead of panko breadcrumbs, you can use rolled oats or almond flour.


Calories: 191kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 38mg, Sodium: 415mg, Potassium: 473mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 77IU, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 46mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

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